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#743 An assertion of rationality

The most important of his edits was small but resounding. He crossed out, using the heavy backslashes that he often employed, the last three words of Jefferson’s phrase “We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable” and changed them to the words now enshrined in history: “We hold these[…]

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#742 A little bit of reflection

Understanding this difference between under- and mis-regulation, a key coping strategy becomes obvious–at least it has in my own life. Instead of thinking of how awful, weak, or inadequate I am when I feel like “giving in to feel good” by breaking a nutrition plan, skipping a work out or[…]

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#741 The important and the unimportant

Time management is really life management, personal management. It is really taking control of the sequence of events. Time management is taking control over what you do next. And you are always free to choose the task that you will do next. Your ability to choose between the important and[…]

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#740 A path to be followed

Geoffrey P. Chamberlain offers a slightly different perspective on the components of strategy, useful when the strategy is more about a personal goal. He identifies seven parts: A strategy is used within a particular domain. A strategy has a single, well defined focus. A strategy lays out a path to[…]

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#738 The most promising opportunity

The most basic idea of strategy is the application of strength against weakness. Or if you prefer, strength applied to the most promising opportunity… A good strategy doesn’t just draw on existing strength; it creates strength From Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt via Farnam Street

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#737 Drawn into this emotional quicksand

When you start to feel a little sad, anxious, or irritable it’s not the mood that does the damage but how you react to it. The effort of trying to free yourself from a bad mood or bout of unhappiness – of working out why you’re unhappy and what you[…]

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#735 Against confusion

A major reason for procrastination and lack of motivation is vagueness, confusion, and fuzzy-mindedness about what you are trying to do and in what order and for what reason. You must avoid this common condition with all your strength by striving for ever-greater clarity in your major goals and tasks.[…]

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#734 Work doesn’t want to be good

Work is finding yourself alone at the track when the weather kept everyone else indoors. Work is pushing through the pain and crappy first drafts and prototypes. It is ignoring whatever plaudits others are getting, and more importantly, ignoring whatever plaudits you may be getting. Because there is work to[…]

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#733 Not some great story

Instead of pretending that we are living some great story, we must remain focused on the execution—and on executing with excellence. We must shun the false crown and continue working on what got us here. Because that’s the only thing that will keep us here. From “Ego is the Enemy:[…]

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#732 A great destiny is great slavery

Napoleon had the words “To Destiny!” engraved on the wedding ring he gave his wife. Destiny was what he’d always believed in, it was how he justified his boldest, most ambitious ideas. It was also why he overreached time and time again, until his real destiny was divorce, exile, defeat,[…]

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